Class 17: Let God Be Your All in All (Part 2)
Today, we are continuing our study titled, LET GOD BE YOUR ALL IN ALL.
Allow me to begin with a word from C.S. Lewis. He said, “To walk out of God’s will is to step into nowhere.”
Let’s begin by reviewing what we covered in our last class:
First, we learned that we should allow God to be our all in all because He has promised He will always be there for us. Hebrews 13:5 reminds us that God will never leave us nor forsake us. Second, we should allow God to be our all in all because human beings will often let us down. Psalm 118:8 warns us of the consequences of trusting in man over trusting in God. Third, we should allow God to be our all in all because when we trust Him totally and completely with our lives, He will direct our steps. Proverbs 3:5-6 shows us the importance of relying on God to direct all of our ways.
Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read the portion of the corresponding letter in the book, Letters to Young Black Women. Then we will proceed with this lesson:
Second, you must be fully committed to God. The Bible says in Romans 12:1: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” You must make up your mind to be totally committed to God, no matter what. When God sees that you have given your all in all, He has a way of bestowing upon you all kinds of blessings and favor. This is why I believe the Bible said, “David was a man after God’s own heart.” Even though David was not perfect, he was totally committed to God. Be committed to the Lord throughout your life and be a woman after God’s own heart, and you will be blessed in a similar way.
Now, please follow along as we begin our study:
We can allow God to be our all in all by being totally dependent on God. We also allow God to be our all in all by being fully committed to Him. Let us look at the following ways in which we can commit ourselves to Him:
1. We commit ourselves to God because of the mercy He has bestowed on our lives.
Romans 12:1 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Paul begins the chapter by showing us what it means to be beneficiaries of God’s mercy. It is because of God’s mercy that we are alive, that we are saved, that Christ lives in us, and that we have the hope of going to Heaven one day. The mercy of God is enough for us to want to commit ourselves to Him. It is by the mercy and grace of God that we are received and accepted into the Kingdom of God. While we were sinners, Jesus Christ gave His life for us, took our place on the cross, and died so we could be saved from eternal punishment. Jesus’ death was an act of mercy. He bought us with a price and we should be willing to give ourselves to Him, to commit our lives to following His plan and purpose for us. If we’re really honest, we will begin to understand that nothing we have is because of us, but it is because of this unlimited, unconditional mercy and grace of God.
2. We commit ourselves to God as a living sacrifice that is holy and acceptable in His sight.
Again, Romans 12:1 reads, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
This verse literally means that we are to give our bodies over to God to willingly be used for His service, in His kingdom, and for the benefit of His people. Once we are saved, we no longer belong to ourselves, but to Christ. We now have the responsibility of living out our faith in light of the purpose and plan God has given to us. Paul makes it clear that we are to offer ourselves as a “living sacrifice.” A living sacrifice is valuable and needed. It is alive and willing to yield every aspect of its life to God. A dead sacrifice does no good. But a living sacrifice, God can use. When Jesus comes into our hearts, the deadness of our lives is washed away in the blood and we are made a new, living person. Jesus was the perfect living sacrifice because He literally gave His life in obedience to God for us.
The story is told of an old pastor in Scotland who was asked to resign from his church because there had been no conversions for the past year. The old preacher said, “It has been a lean year, but there was one conversion this year.”
“Who was it?” an elder asked.
“It was Wee Bobbie,” the old pastor said.
Wee Bobbie had given himself completely to God in a missionary meeting. When the offering plate was passed, Wee Bobbie told the usher to put the offering plate on the floor. He stepped into the plate with his little feet and said, “I’ll give myself—I have nothing else to give.” Wee Bobbie grew up and kept His promise. He became the famous Robert Moffatt who, along with David Livingstone, committed his life to God and to missions in Africa.
We ought to be willing to give up our lives for God just like Robert Moffat. We ought to be willing to give a living sacrifice that is willing and ready to go wherever He leads.
3. We commit ourselves to God by allowing Him to direct our ways.
Psalm 37:5 says, “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
God wants us not just to commit to Him in some things, but to commit to Him in everything. Sometimes, He has to break us and show us the importance of obedience through chastisement like He did with Moses, David, and numerous other in the Bible and throughout history. After 40 years on the backside of the desert, Moses chose to commit His life and future to the Lord. After committing adultery, murdering a man, and lying about the whole situation, David repented and chose not to keep going on with His sin, but to submit to whatever God had in store for him in the future. God does not just want some of us, He wants all of us. When we commit our ways to God and trust Him to fulfill our dreams and desires, He has promised that He will bring it to pass. True commitment is dedication and faithfulness to serving God no matter the cost. When we make the choice to be faithful, we will see God open doors for us to receive overflowing blessings in our lives.
In our next class, we will continue our study, “LET GOD BE YOUR ALL IN ALL”.
Bob Lively said, “God never worries about being enough or having enough, because, after all, God is not only in everything, God is everything.”
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what church people said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
God bless you and keep you until we meet for our next class.